Baieido / Koh (Sawayaka Kobunboku)

We’ve got a number of Baieido incenses coming up for review here in the near future. I’m working on a batch of moderns and realized that Baieido’s new Koh kind of stuck out like a sore thumb in that group as it’s quite traditional. It’s a combination of sandalwood, clove, cinnamon, borneol and other natural herbs and like many Baieido traditional incenses, it’s a delightful and balanced blend of woods and spices.

In particuar, Koh really nails it with the cinnamon and clove notes. Previous Baieido incenses like the Syukohkoku series shows a company who really knows how to bring out the best qualities from their spices. Koh is almost like a slice of cinnamon toast, sugary and spicy and at times it even reminds me of the aroma of a fresh cinnamon stick, although the clove does change things up slightly. I don’t detect the borneol except for a light note and the sandalwood almost seems lost with all the spice, but that’s generally to the stick’s benefit here – it only acts as a base.

Overall Baieido Koh’s an affordable ($10 for 40 sticks), quality spice blend well worth checking out for the cinnamon lover and a welcome new addition to a fine line of traditional incenses.

Edit 6/17: Apparently Koh is the same incense as Sawayaka Kobunboku, based on a post on Alice’s Restaurant



  1. Paul said,

    June 21, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    top notch, but not a typical cinnamon scent, far more complex and layered, it’s not one I pick up as an every day type use, but carries a distinct and woodsy scent along with it. It was called cinnamon, but I guess has changed names.

  2. May 18, 2009 at 7:47 am

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  3. April 15, 2009 at 11:58 am

    […] Sawayaka Kobunboku (also called Koh) – An amazing sandalwood recipe from the masters at Baieido. Straight up wood in its truest, most mesmerizing form. So light and yummy, I am quickly becoming addicted to this one. Induces a meditative state like no other sandalwood I know. (Nancy) […]

  4. January 7, 2009 at 11:02 am

    […] one more Kobunboku I previously covered, the Sawayaka Kobunboku which has also been repackage under the name of Koh. If the Byukadan […]

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